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Post Paralysis Physio & Lockdown Support

by Andrew Uttridge in Melbourn, England, United Kingdom

We did it
On 15th July 2020 we successfully raised £5,250 with 41 supporters in 134 days

To enable individuals with Spinal Cord Injury access to specialist, life changing, physiotherapy. (and also offer lockdown support)

by Andrew Uttridge in Melbourn, England, United Kingdom

New stretch target

The extra amount will enable us to fund another individual to access physio. 


RST are proud to be a 100 per cent volunteer-run charity since we were founded in 2005. We enable individuals with Spinal Cord Injury access to specialist, life-changing physiotherapy. 

We are hoping to raise funds to help more people like Ellie. We want to improve the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries. 

Ellie's story is below. With the money we raise, we will continue to fund more life-changing moments, like this one. 

Update: Since this project started, the COVID-19 situation has changed everyone's lives. Our physiotherapy is on hold but we plan for it to start again as soon as it’s safe to do so. Individuals with injuries like Ellie are classed as high risk and will be locked down longer than most. The lack of physiotherapy exposes these individuals to a number of secondary conditions, physically and mentally. Our programme will be more important than ever once it restarts.  In the meantime, we have been providing equipment/videos to individuals we work with for use at their home (70 people supported to date). We’re hoping to use £3,000 of our target for our physio programme and £500 towards the home project …. ideally to help increase the number of people supported during lockdown to 100. 

Paralysed teenager walks across Miami Half Marathon finishing line

A teenager who was left paralysed after an operation to remove a tumour in her lung has walked across the finishing line at the Miami Half Marathon.

Ellie Dean, 18, from Hertfordshire, left her wheelchair a mile from the end of the race to make her own way to the finish.

She said: “It was an amazing experience. I was so overwhelmed by everyone’s encouragement and support on the day.

“I’m so proud of my physiotherapist Guy Romain, funded by the Rooprai Spinal Trust (RST), who did a brilliant job. He ran and helped push me 12 miles before I walked the last mile with my frame while he stood by me supporting me all the way to the finishing line.”  

Ellie was just 14 when it was discovered she had a growth in her lung. She had an emergency operation to remove it, but complications meant she lost a lot of blood and she was placed into an induced coma.

The lack of blood to her spinal cord meant she was left paralysed from the waist down.

The talented artist was forced to adapt quickly to her new circumstances to be able to study for her GCSEs.

She is now taking time out of her studies to concentrate on her physio with the aim of becoming stronger and more independent.

The teenager is currently spending an intense six-month trip in Miami to work with the NeuroFit 360 team, funded by the RST and the Frenkle Topping Foundation.

Andy Uttridge, co-founder of the RST, a charity based in Hertford, said: “As a fellow Herts resident, helping Ellie was close to our heart. She is a hardworking, determined young lady.

“Making the decision to get out of her wheelchair and walk for the last mile of the race shows what a remarkable girl she is. 

“Every spinal cord injury is different, but everybody needs goals individual to them to strive for. This was one of Ellie’s goals and she smashed it. Now on to the next one.”

Ellie said: “I wouldn’t have been here now taking part without the help of RSTrust, who have always been there supporting me. They have helped put me in touch with some truly amazing people too.”

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